Peak Rider 2: Advanced Dynamics Processor. The revolutions continues... like 5 plugins in one!

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zircon
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4415 posts since 16 Mar, 2004 from Columbia, MD

Post Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:37 am

PEAK RIDER 2 - NOW AVAILABLE!

Impact Soundworks has released Peak Rider 2, a super versatile tool for mixing, production, and sound design that builds on the incredibly unique design of the original Peak Rider plugin!

This is really like having 5 (or more) processors in one, capable of everything from multiband transient design to gating, de-essing, vocal riding, gain-compensating EQ and much more.

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Overview

Going far beyond basic compression and limiting, Peak Rider 2 is an all-in-one dynamics processor that can totally reshape both the dynamics and frequency curve of any audio content. At its core, the plugin takes a sidechain signal - which can be a copy of the main signal, an external input, OR an internally generated tone - and creates a peak envelope, which can then be matched, added, subtracted, and otherwise manipulated for all kinds of interesting and useful effects.

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EQ Mode - New in Version 2

EQ Mode is a surgical parametric EQ with up to 12 bands / 6 band modes (bell, lo-cut, etc) ideal for precision frequency shaping. But what truly makes this mode special is that the MIX knob acts as a gain compensator for your EQ changes. At 100% mix, even the steepest cuts and boosts will be matched to the dynamics of the original signal, keeping the overall volume the same!

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Internal Sidechain Synth - New in Version 2

In V1, Peak Rider could use an external sidechain to control the main input, OR it could simply process the main input based on its own peaks. In PR2, we've added an internal sidechain generator - a pure sine tone or pink noise spectrum - both of which can be mixed and equalized to taste. These tools allow you to set a precise volume level and frequency curve used to match or process your main signal.

For example, if you need to tame an unruly vocal part, simple generate a sine tone at the desired volume level and, with EXACT mode, the vocal will adjust to match that consistent volume level. The range of this processing can be adjusted with the Range and Mix knobs, and the envelope response adjusted as well.

Full Manual

There is so much more to Peak Rider 2 - too much to write in just one post! - and if you want to get into all the technical details, we have an exhaustive manual covering all the features and functions.

Download the manual here.

6 Useful Applications

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVVEYmLTfZ0

Plugin Tutorial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FynslJVgvII

Key Features
* Lightweight, super versatile dynamics and frequency processor
* 5 processing modes: exact, noboost, duck, expand, EQ
* Wide and multiband processing
* Internal tone generation (sine, pink noise)
* Adjustable sidechain EQ with 6 to 24db/oct slope and optional linear phase mode
* Link/Split stereo processing
* L/R or M/S stereo detection
* Three envelope detection modes: peak, RMS, smooth (look-ahead)
* Adjustable per-band envelope detection (attack, decay, transient/lookahead)

Changes from V1
* AAX/RTAS Compatibility
* EQ Mode
* Smoother parameter automation
* Informative GUI metering
* SC Input Processor (EQ, volume, gain)
* SC signal generator
* RMS algorithm overhaul
* New presets
* Undo/Redo buttons
* Preset cycling buttons
* Updated registration hardware encoding

Formats
* VST2, VST3 PC, Mac, 32/64bit
* Mac AU
* PC / Mac AAX
* PC RTAS

Availability
* MSRP $99
* $10 upgrade for Peak Rider 1 users
* Available Now! Click Here
Last edited by zircon on Mon May 08, 2017 1:04 pm, edited 6 times in total.
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2357 posts since 2 Jul, 2005

Re: Peak Rider 2: Advanced Dynamics Processor - Arriving soon!

Post Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:58 am

Neat!
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DJErmac
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651 posts since 25 Apr, 2009 from France

Re: Peak Rider 2: Advanced Dynamics Processor - Arriving soon!

Post Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:52 pm

Wow !! I consider the v1 as a game changer, can't wait to try the v2. :hyper:

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1432 posts since 12 Nov, 2014

Re: Peak Rider 2: Advanced Dynamics Processor - Arriving soon!

Post Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:32 am

Oh nice one!!

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1432 posts since 12 Nov, 2014

Re: Peak Rider 2: Advanced Dynamics Processor - Arriving soon!

Post Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:32 am

[Double]

zircon
KVRAF
4415 posts since 16 Mar, 2004 from Columbia, MD

Re: Peak Rider 2: Advanced Dynamics Processor - Now available! The revolution continues!

Post Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:58 am

Peak Rider 2 is here!

I'm really excited about this one :D
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1507 posts since 25 Feb, 2005

Re: Peak Rider 2: Advanced Dynamics Processor - Now available! The revolution continues!

Post Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:15 am

Very clever Andrew
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zircon
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4415 posts since 16 Mar, 2004 from Columbia, MD

Re: Peak Rider 2: Advanced Dynamics Processor. The revolutions continues... like 5 plugins in one!

Post Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:28 pm

Hi all, we've updated Peak Rider 2 to version 2.1.5 (it released as version 2.1.3) - this fixes some crash issues in certain DAWs when used in mono mode (Logic, PT) and also some occasional registration issues on PC. You can simply re-download the plugin from your purchases, whether you have the full or demo version!
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198 posts since 17 Mar, 2010

Re: Peak Rider 2: Advanced Dynamics Processor. The revolutions continues... like 5 plugins in one!

Post Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:41 pm

Hi -- just to clarify, the download is 2.1.4 versus 2.1.5. Is this what's intended?

zircon
KVRAF
4415 posts since 16 Mar, 2004 from Columbia, MD

Re: Peak Rider 2: Advanced Dynamics Processor. The revolutions continues... like 5 plugins in one!

Post Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:35 pm

Whoops, no - try one more time...
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Re: Peak Rider 2: Advanced Dynamics Processor. The revolutions continues... like 5 plugins in one!

Post Mon May 08, 2017 1:04 pm

Hi all, we've got a new tutorial today - an introduction to Peak Rider 2 showing how it works, setting up side chaining, and other useful features! Start here if you've never used PR1/PR2 before :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FynslJVgvII
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641 posts since 26 May, 2008 from Iceland.

Re: Peak Rider 2: Advanced Dynamics Processor. The revolutions continues... like 5 plugins in one!

Post Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:57 pm

Hmmm...
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KVRian
789 posts since 21 Nov, 2005

Re: Peak Rider 2: Advanced Dynamics Processor. The revolutions continues... like 5 plugins in one!

Post Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:54 pm

Anyone been able to get the demo to work in Ableton Live 10? Tried sidechaining from another track but it only appears to allow sending to track in and doesn't show the PR2 as an audio input option.

Not sure if that's a demo limitation or not, couldn't see any information on the site but would have thought it odd not to have that limitation if that's one of the main selling points.

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1324 posts since 30 Aug, 2004 from Skövde, Sweden

Re: Peak Rider 2: Advanced Dynamics Processor. The revolutions continues... like 5 plugins in one!

Post Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:30 pm

What a cool plugin! I especially like the ability to kind of invert the behaviour of a side chain compressor (as in the video).

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